Arson Criminal Defense

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Dedicated and Dependable Arson Defense in Michigan

Arson is a serious crime that is treated with utmost severity in Michigan. A recent report showed there were 1,738 known and reported arson offenses in Michigan in a year. Our state has one of the most rigid arson laws in the country, and the consequences of being charged with arson in Michigan can be life-altering. If you are facing accusations of arson, it is vital to seek professional legal assistance immediately. 

At Duplessis Law, we understand the gravity of arson charges and the impact they can have on your life. Our dedicated team is here to provide you with unwavering support and expert legal guidance throughout your case. With years of experience in defending clients against criminal allegations, we have the knowledge and skill to develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and let us be your trusted advocates in protecting your rights and securing a favorable outcome.

Understanding Arson in Michigan

Arson is the deliberate act of setting fire to property, either with the intent to cause damage or harm to others. Engaging in the intentional act of setting fire to wooded areas, prairies, or property such as vehicles, boats, motorcycles, or any other property, regardless of ownership, can also lead to potential charges of arson. In Michigan, arson is considered a highly serious offense due to the potential danger it poses to life, property, and the community as a whole. Michigan’s arson laws are designed to ensure swift and strict punishment for those convicted of this crime.

Arson Charges and Penalties in Michigan

Michigan recognizes five degrees of arson, each with its own set of charges and penalties:

  • First-Degree Arson: This charge applies when a person willfully and maliciously sets fire to a dwelling or occupied structure. Convictions can lead to severe penalties, including up to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $20,000.
  • Second-Degree Arson: Second-degree arson involves intentionally setting fire to a building or structure other than a dwelling or occupied structure. It is a felony offense that can result in imprisonment for up to 20 years and a $20,000 fine.
  • Third-Degree Arson: Third-degree arson pertains to intentionally burning personal property with the intent to defraud or destroy property. It is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
  • Fourth-Degree Arson: This charge applies when a person intentionally sets fire to personal property without the intent to defraud. It is a felony offense that can result in imprisonment for up to 5 years and a $10,000 fine.
  • Fifth-Degree Arson: Fifth-degree arson involves the intentional burning of abandoned or vacant structures. It is a misdemeanor offense that can lead to up to 1 year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Other Crimes Related to Arson

Alongside arson charges, Michigan law recognizes other offenses related to fire-related crimes. These include the malicious destruction of property by fire (Michigan Penal Code 750.79), burning real property with fraudulent intent (Michigan Penal Code 750.76), and willful and malicious destruction of property (Michigan Penal Code 750.377a). Each offense carries its own set of penalties that can significantly impact your future.


Duplessis Law Can Help Clear Your Name and Secure Your Future

We understand the complexities and emotions surrounding arson charges, particularly for one-time or juvenile offenders who may not fully comprehend the consequences of their actions. At Duplessis Law, we offer compassionate support and strategic legal guidance to help you through this challenging time. Our dedicated team will meticulously examine the details of your case, challenge the prosecution’s evidence, and build a robust defense tailored to your situation.

A strong defense is your best chance at safeguarding your rights, protecting your future, and seeking a fair resolution. Don’t let one mistake define your life. Contact Duplessis Law today and let us be your trusted ally. Together, we will fight to protect your rights, advocate for a favorable outcome, and help you move forward with hope and dignity.